I'm using minimal theme as an art store and am selling art on behalf of other people. I would ideally like to add new vendors so that I know whose art is selling and make it easier for me to distribute money directly to each individual. I currently use the minimal theme and really like the styling, but unfortunately, you can't amend the vendor or add new ones. I would like each individual artist to be able to have access to the back end of the website as well (like a partner access) so that they can view their own accounts.
It's driving me nuts trying to figure out a way of doing this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I’m Helen from Shopify Support, here to help you today.
Adding new vendors and assigning them to a product is done from within your Shopify admin. To do this, please click on Products on the left hand side of your admin dashboard. Once on the product page, the vendor is found in the Organization section on the right side of the page.
To add a new vendor, simply type the vendor name in the box, and click ‘Add’, as seen in the screenshot below. Don't forget to click SAVE before navigating away from the page!
If you would like the vendor to show on the product page of your storefront, this can be enabled from within your Minimal theme. To do so, please navigate to your theme editor by going to ‘Online Store > Themes > Customize > Product Pages,’ and put a check mark in the ‘Show product vendor’ box. It looks like this:
Showing the vendor name is an option that you can enable on the Collection pages within your theme too.
Allowing your vendors access to their own account to track the sales and payouts for their items is not a feature native to the platform, but it can be accomplished by using the Vendor Consignment app. This app creates individual vendor profiles and allows you to pay your artists directly via Paypal. It is beneficial if you are selling the products on behalf of the artists.
Alternatively, if your business model is more of a marketplace where vendors have their own space on your site to sell their work, the Multi Vendor Marketplace app is the one to use.
Both apps are developed by a third party, so if you have any questions about their features or functionality please contact the developer directly.
Both apps also have free trial periods associated with them. I recommend that you install them on your store, and use the trial time to determine which is right for you. Once you’ve made a decision, uninstall any apps you do not want to use before the trial period is over, to ensure you are not charged for it.
Let me know if you have any more questions.
My pleasure, @jonty !
If you have questions or concerns about anything else, let me know. I’m here to help.
Thanks for reaching out. Are you referring to the ‘Add’ button on the product page in your Shopify admin?
If you are creating a new product, it will automatically propagate once you begin typing a new vendor name into the vendor box.
However, if you are trying to add a new vendor name to an already existing product, and it doesn’t automatically show once you begin typing a new name, please try clicking on the arrows to the right of the vendor box once you’ve typed the new vendor name, to get it to show. For example:
Hope this helps! Let me know if you need any further clarification or assistance.
Hi, @achoti. Welcome to the Community, and thanks for reaching out about this!
Does the new vendor not show in the list even if you type the name into the Vendor box, instead of just viewing the list?
Either way, as a first step towards troubleshooting this, please try logging out of your account, clearing the cache on your browser, then logging back in to see if the vendor list has updated. Please let me know if this helps or not, and we’ll proceed from there.
After I add a new vendor and click save, I notice it doesn't update when I try filtering by "product vendor."
For example, under Analytics > Reports > Percent of Inventory Sold, I proceed to Edit Columns > Product Vendor.
When I filter by Product Vendor, the newly added vendor isn't an option. And when I search the product by name, the old vendor is still associated with it.
I would like to add many products under one vendor name making it easier to filter by vendor.
Does that make sense?
Thanks for any help.